Aaron Rifkind
Editor in Chief
Aaron Rifkind is a senior majoring in International Relations. He has served as the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Parliamentarian and Senior Advisor. He is currently a Residential Senator and the Speaker pro tempore on the USG Senate. Aaron is also the Editor in Chief for the Southern California International Review, USC’s premier undergraduate international studies journal. Aaron holds a position on the USC Hillel Student Board and volunteers for USC’s Teaching International Relations Program. In spring 2015, he interned at Paramount Pictures and spent summer 2015 in Washington, D.C. interning at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Aaron is both a Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood Annual Passholder, visiting both theme parks multiple times a year.

Reid Thom
Deputy Editor in Chief
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Reid Thom is a junior studying International Relations and Business Administration. He came to USC from Torrance, California where he spent his days playing volleyball on the beach and riding motorcycles. Reid has held a fascination with foreign affairs since his extensive studies of European history in high school, and his exposure to the international political economy at USC has only furthered his interest.


Peter Hughes
Senior Editor/Former Editor in Chief
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Peter Hughes is a senior studying International Relations. He is a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and the United States. This past spring he studied at the University of Cape Town in South Africa where he stayed over the summer to work at iKhaya le Langa non profit, working on small business development. Peter is an avid Arsenal supporter, is currently watching The Sopranos, and loves Bob Dylan more than most things.


Patrick Vossler
Senior Editor
Patrick Vossler is a senior completing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Economics. He is interested in political risk and foreign investment in developing markets. Patrick is an avid college football and basketball fan and in his free time publishes model-based predictions of games in USC’s student newspaper, the Daily Trojan.


Katie McDowell

Katie McDowell is a sophomore studying Economics/Mathematics and International Relations. Aside from SCIR, Katie is involved in the Teaching International Relations Program (TIRP), an outreach program that sends IR students to local high schools to teach critical thinking skills in a globalized context. She is also the program coordinator of the Center for Active Learning in International Studies at USC, which sponsors TIRP and other social science education platforms like policy seminars and teacher training. An avid writer, Katie wrote for the Daily Trojan both semesters last year and writes for the website of PMA Consulting, LLC, a Charlotte-based nonprofit consulting firm. She was also an orientation advisor this summer, contributing to the registration and mentorship of over 12,000 incoming freshmen, transfer, and graduate students at USC. Katie is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, and is an avid runner, music lover, and southern cooking fanatic.

SarahBelle Selig
SB SarahBelle Selig is a sophomore studying Public Relations and International Relations. Her interests include the negotiation and strategic communication aspects of the political atmosphere, specifically within the realm of business development and merger politics. She discovered her passion for editing while developing the manuscript for her recently published novel, The Dim Between, and she looks forward to advancing this skill as a member of the SCIR team. As a North Carolinian and a die-hard Duke fan, SarahBelle has loved her time as a Trojan and can’t wait to further explore the West Coast in the years to come.


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